Laundry rooms are not generally considered sexy, beautiful spaces in the home but that doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive as well as useful. Naturally, function is uber important, and if you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated laundry room, one feature you'll surely wish to install is a utility sink. In the days of the basement laundry room, it was common to have a large utility sink for handwashing, presoaking, or spot cleaning. However utilitarian they are, many modern utility sinks look great as well. And as long as you’re doing the dirty work, why not do it in a pleasant space?
One of the sweetest laundry rooms I’ve seen was in the HGTV 2010 Green Home in Plymouth, MA. When I visited the house in June 2010, shortly before it was given away, I was charmed by the multi-purpose mud/laundry room just inside the home from the garage. The snappy red appliances were set off by the cool gray/blue woodwork. The utility sink was a simple undermount integrated into a granite countertop. While not large, the sink offered service to both laundry and gardening needs. A very charming work space indeed!
Here is a roundup of several attractive, and functional, utility sinks for your laundry area.
The 3-bowl Scullery Sink recalls bygone days of grand English country estates, with scullery maids scurrying about washing dishes and laundry. While most modern homeowners do our own “scullery” work, this sink will make our chores much easier. The sink is 42” high to reduce back strain and the three bowls makes handwashing clothing an easier task for simultaneous hot wash, cold wash and/or bleach washing -- whatever is needed to get the job done.
An all-purpose china sink works well in country and classic settings and can be wall or counter mounted. The high gloss china is stain- and bacteria-resistant. The classic white porcelain look is always a winner.
The Bayview wall mount small sink by Kohler is the perfect choice for smaller laundry rooms. Though small, it is deep for great functionality. The cast iron sink comes as a wall mount with an optional sink stand. The finishes range from Almond to Ice Gray.
A classically styled apron sink is sure to make a bold statement, especially in a snappy blue finish. There’s no reason why even a modest utility sink can’t be stylish!
Here's a sleek and modern stainless steel utility sink from Julien, which comes in several styles and configurations to fit any job. Whether wall mount, drop-in, undermount, or stand-alone, these sinks are a great choice for smaller spaces and those seeking an industrial edge in their decor.
MTI Jentle Jet® Laundry Sink
Besides its elegant clean lines, this innovative MTI utility sink offers practical laundry technology – microjets designed to provide extra cleaning power for your hand washable items. Have your local plumber install this sink in either drop-in or undermount style.
Updated March 11, 2018.